For the second time in three years, the Baylor Bears have been unanimously selected to claim the Big 12 regular season championship by a vote of the league’s head coaches.
The Lady Bears received nine first-place votes to secure the top spot over Texas, which tallied one first-place vote. Coaches are not allowed to vote for their own team in the poll.
Last season, Baylor finished the season ranked 20th in the country after posting a 17-15 record. The Lady Bears bring back seven letterwinners from that team, including 2013 Big 12 Player of the Year Ema Burgic. Ranked No. 18 in the latest ITA Team Rankings, the Bears are 8-3 on the 2014 season.
The reigning Big 12 postseason champion Texas Longhorns were picked to finish second in this year’s conference race. Texas defeated Oklahoma State, 4-0, in the 2013 championship final behind championship Most Outstanding Player Breaunna Addison.
Texas Tech was picked to finish third with 64 points while Bedlam rivals Oklahoma and Oklahoma State round out the top five. TCU checks in at No. 6 just seven points behind the fifth-place Cowgirls.
Kansas and Kansas State tied for the seventh spot with 29 points apiece, while Iowa State and West Virginia were picked ninth and 10th, respectively.
Texas Tech will travel to Waco on Sunday, March 2, to take on Baylor in the league’s first women’s conference match of the 2014 season.
2014 BIG 12 WOMEN’S TENNIS PRESEASON POLL
(First place votes in parentheses; Coaches not allowed to vote for own team)